Published: 12:00, 24 August 2019
| Updated: 10:46, 29 August 2019
With this bank holiday weekend set to one of hottest yet, many will be longing for an ice-cold pint in a sunny beer garden.
So we have found some of the best Kent has to offer.
Listed below are 13 of the county's finest spots to meet with friends and indulge in good food and drink.
1. Hook and Hatchet
Church Road, Hucking, Maidstone
The spacious pub garden backs onto a field, where campers can rest for the night.
Hosting various live music events throughout the summer, this weekend is no different.
Woodland Weekender will see performances from bands and DJs Saturday and Sunday, with a cocktail bar and burger shack also on site.
2. The Bull Inn
The Bull Inn is well-known locally for its stunning views of the High Weald.
The west-facing wooden decking, staggered across two levels, is a perfect spot to watch the sun set with a lager in hand.
Menu highlights include fish and chips or homemade lasagne, alongside a number of more exotic dishes.
3. The Ship Inn
Ospringe Street, Faversham
According to the Secret Drinker, this is Kent’s best pub garden.
The immaculate outside space is well-kept, with lots of bright flowers and neatly-pruned shrubs.
With a little background music, fresh, simple food and friendly staff, Mr Drinker was very impressed and highly recommends.
4. Chequers Inn
The Street, Smarden, Ashford
The Chequers Inn has recently won the Trip Advisor excellence award, and has made it into this year's AA Guide 'pick of the pubs'.
Alike to a fairytale cottage, a lily-topped pond and wild flowers surround the tavern - a peaceful spot for an afternoon drink.
Ingredients are sourced locally, along with Kentish ales brewed by Harvey’s, Sharp’s, and Fuller’s.
5. The Sun Inn
The Street, Bredgar
The 16th century pub has a vast lawn, complete with picnic benches and parasols.
The summer menu features a grilled goats cheese and artichoke salad and a classic Caesar, and a gourmet sorbet selection for afters.
6. The Clarendon Royal Hotel
Royal Pier Road, Gravesend
The Admirals Bar in The Clarendon Royal opened in 2012 and has a selection of more than 200 spirits.
In front of the hotel, a huge expanse of grass overlooks the River Thames, complete with picnic benches.
The opposite of overcrowded, you can enjoy a drink here while watching ships sail by with the sun setting behind.
7. Old City Bar
Oaten Hill Place, Canterbury
In walking distance of the main city centre, Old City Bar is just far enough away to provide respite from the crowds.
The tavern hosts a pub quizzes, regular live music events, and barbecues throughout the summer.
Wooden decking surrounds a lawn in the beer garden, with a canopied area for those who prefer to enjoy a drink in the shade.
8. The Black Horse
Tumblefield Road, Stansted, Sevenoaks
The Black Horse's pub garden, complete with brightly-coloured flowers and purple parasols, this is a perfect bank holiday destination.
Recently rennovated, the venue offers a range of pub classics and four-legged friends are welcome.
Locally-brewed Larkin’s is on tap, alongside regular guest ales at the hostelry.
9. Bird in Hand
Dartford Road, Dartford
It's the Music, Ale and Gin Festival's fifth year-running at the Bird in Hand this weekend, with a barbecue and live music running each day until 6pm, Monday.
A children's climbing frame stands at the back of the garden, and the owners sometimes put up a gazebo to protect punters from the sunshine.
The lawn is framed with a paving stones and plenty of tables and chairs to sit and enjoy a Pimms or glass of lager.
10. The Old Neptune
Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable
Right on the seafront, The Old Neptune sits alone on the shingle and is one of only a handful of pubs on Britain's beaches.
The authentic white weatherboards stand out on the coastline, with several table set out front while watching the sun set over the ocean.
Located in the heart of Whitstable’s popular fishing town, the tavern offers a choice of local ales, a generous wine list and great home-cooked food.
11. The Cricketers
Crabble Avenue, Dover
Aptly named, The Cricketers is opposite Crabble cricket and rugby pitches, and has one of the largest beer gardens in the area.
Part of the community for more than 100 years, there is a bouncy castle, pool table and a recently refurbished function room for hire.
The tavern hosted their annual Cricketstock festival last month, with two days of live music, fancy dress and wild dancing.
12. The Walnut Tree
Warden Road, Eastchurch, Sheppey
As well as friendly staff and flavoursome food, The Walnut Tree has a well-kept garden to enjoy a relaxing drink under the sun.
The little pub is set in the village of Eastchurch and serves a range of home-cooked food including their best-selling sizzling steak.
13. The Dirty Habit
Upper Street, Hollingbourne, Maidstone
Sat upon the picturesque North Downs, The Dirty Habit is a cosy village pub with plenty of patio seating.
Vines weave above the walled garden, with two big leather sofas to sink into for when the night draws in.
A fruity cider from Aspall and Harvey's ale of Lewes can be sipped alongside a spring country platter of pickled quail eggs, smoked mackerel rillettes, garlic and pepper squid.
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